Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bookworm News / Writing Update: January Goals / Wattpad Wednesdays: Reborn Chapter 15


BOOKS READ

The Initiate by M. Pax
Hellsbane Hereafter by Paige Cuccaro
The Trouble with Faking by Rachel Morgan
Vitamins and Death by Medeia Sharif

BOOK REVIEWS

The Initiate by M. Pax

Saving the world is more complicated than it looks for Daelin and Earl in M. Pax's The Initiate. This book picks up where The Rifters leaves off. Daelin, an Initiate in the Rifters, must learn lesson number one, if she has a hope to help her sister and their world. Daelin grows a lot in this book, and she's quickly become one of my favorite characters. Earl must atone for his past before he can focus on his future. I enjoyed learning more about Earl. A few more questions are answered and more mysteries abound in this series. Pax has created quite the adventure here, and I can't wait for the next book! For a fast-paced thrilling novel filled with strange creatures, fascinating inventions, and unique characters, look no further than The Initiate by M. Pax.

Hellsbane Hereafter by Paige Cuccaro
Emma Jane Hellsbane must choose between Heaven, Hell, or something all her making in Paige Cuccaro's Hellsbane Hereafter. I've been a big fan of Emma Jane since reading the prequel novella Commencement. It took me a little while to get into this book since it's been so long since I've read book two, but once I got into it a bit and remembered who was who and the like, I didn't want to put the book down. Emma Jane is strong and pretty badass, but Cuccaro really forces Emma Jane to grow in this last book of the series. We see new characters, old characters, and the return of characters we haven't seen since the prequel novella. My favorite thing about this series is no one seems completely good or evil. There are so many shades of gray, even among angels, the Fallen, and demons. The ending is really perfect for the series as well. I highly recommend Paige Cuccaro's Hellsbane series and Hellsbane Hereafter doesn't disappoint!

The Trouble with Faking by Rachel Morgan
Andi has longed for the boy next door for years, but can she finally make him fall for her in Rachel Morgan's The Trouble with FakingMorgan packs some powerful twists and turns into this novel. Andi has been one of my favorite characters of the series. She's quirky and confident and bold on the outside, yet she hides who she is and what she feels from almost everyone, even herself. I wish I could be friends with Andi in real life. She's so cool with her book reviews on YouTube and the stuff she crafts on Etsy. She gets into complicated situations, which almost ruin everything. I enjoyed the sweetness of a school girl crush between her and Damien and loved the interaction between her and Damien's best friend. I love how Morgan has set this series in South Africa where she lives. It's exotic at times and so normal at others. The Trouble with Faking by Rachel Morgan is a great addition to the Trouble series. I'm looking forward to the next book!

Vitamins and Death by Medeia Sharif
Deidra's mother screwed up, yet it is Deidra who almost pays the ultimate price in Medeia Sharif's Vitamins and Death. The stigma of being the daughter of a teacher who slept with a student haunts Deidra and follows her mother and her to their new high school. This novel is emotionally hard to read. Many times I wanted to shake or slap Deidra's mom. She needed to woman-up and become an adult for her daughter. Deidra has the potential for a promising future, and I craved that for her. Her growth and how she comes out of her depression is the shining light in this story. I loved her growing relationship with Malcolm too. Children don't have to be their parents, and this book displays that so well. Medeia Sharif has written a heartbreaking, gut-punching, and edgy book. Vitamins and Death is not light, fun reading, but I recommend it.

BOOK PROMO

VITAMINS AND DEATH, Prizm Books/Torquere Press, December 10, 2014

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Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother's briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High. Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her appearance, she thinks no one will figure out they're the Battles from recent news and that they're safe. Neither of them is. Hodge brings a fresh set of bullies who discover details about the scandal that changed Deidra's life. Feeling trapped at home with an emotionally abusive, pill-addicted mother and at school with hostile classmates who attempt to assault and blackmail her, Deidra yearns for freedom, even if she has to act out of character and hurt others in the process. Freedom comes at a price.


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BOOKS RELEASED IN DECEMBER

Vitamins and Death by Medeia Sharif
Sleeping Jenny by Aubrie Dionne
People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors by Cherie Reich
Marriage to Measure by Talli Roland
Fantasy Uprising by Untethered Realms authors
The Trouble with Faking by Rachel Morgan
Across the Ages by RaShelle Workman
 The Insecure Writers Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond by IWSG authors
Debt Collector Season Two by Susan Kaye Quinn
Hellsbane Hereafter by Paige Cuccaro


Happy Wednesday! I can't believe the year is almost over already! How did that happen?

My December goal to work on Once upon a Nightmare didn't really happen. I should've remembered that December is a very busy work month. But I do have two weeks off from work and hope to come back in January refreshed and ready to get to work on my 2015 goals.

Want to know how Foxwick came to be? I'm talking about the inspiration behind the Kingdom of Foxwick on Christine Rains' blog.

If you're in the Roanoke, VA area, Liz Long and I will be signing books at Paperback Phoenix on Saturday, December 20 from 1 PM - 3 PM, weather permitting, which at the moment doesn't look quite as promising as I'd like.

Here are my goals in January:
  • Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection - I hope to publish the second edition of this collection by March. It might take me a little more time to get the money for the new cover, which is why it might take longer to publish.
  • Marked - Originally titled Remarked, I hope to start back to writing this novella told from Liam's POV in January.
Are you ready for the new year? What are your January goals?

2014 Stats
45,420 Words Written
2709 Pages Edited
*Stats taken from 1/1/14 - 12/16/14

Due to the upcoming holidays, this is my last post for this year. Look for my next post on January 7, 2015.

It's time for another chapter of Reborn to go up on Wattpad. You can read from the beginning here or read Chapter Fifteen here.

35 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You read some great books this month!
Good luck with the signing on Saturday.
Merry Christmas, Cherie.

Christine Rains said...

Great reviews. I loved Mary's book too. I think we all forget how busy December is! Good luck with Nightmare and Marked. My January goals: market, promo, market, promo, and hopefully if I get a new EC editor, revise. Yikes!

SA Larsenッ said...

I'm actually reading VITAMINS AND DEATH, right now. So good! Happy for Medeia. Just and FYI: I'll be releasing my Writer's Rebel Creed 2015 on Monday, if you're interested.

Gwen Gardner said...

Thanks for all the reviews, Cherie. I'm so jealous of your two weeks off! Congrats on the release of The People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors. The cover is gorgeous!

Gina Stoneheart said...

December is very busy, especially for the day job. I'm happy you will have two weeks off from yours! I hope this gives you some added time to meet some of your goals.
Vitamins and Death sounds epic. I still have to read Attic of Sands and Secret which I'm hoping to do over the Christmas break.

Chrys Fey said...

Great reviews! So many good books came out this month. It's so hard to keep up!

Happy Holidays, Cherie!! :D

Sarah Foster said...

Looks like you got a lot of reading done! It's so hard for me to keep up with all of the books being released. Good luck with your upcoming goals!

Natalie Aguirre said...

All the books you read sound good. Glad you're taking a little break for the holidays. I know you'll be super productive like you always are in January.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for the book reviews! I love the way you post on your goals and stats. Thanks for sharing your journey. I'm overly swamped every November and December, but I still set high goals for myself. Maybe, I'll remember that next year. :)
Have a wonderful holiday break and see you in January!

M Pax said...

Thank you for the awesome review! I already have fans poking at me for #3. I better get cranking. I didn't get near as far in Precipice as I wanted, but at least it's moving again.

Medeia Sharif said...

Thank you for reviewing my book. :) I'd like to read the rest of the books you reviewed. They sound wonderful.

DMS said...

So much fun to read your reviews! I have MPax and Medeia's books on my TBR list already and it is nice to know you enjoyed both of them. :)

Enjoy your time off from work! I plan to map out my goals for January after Christmas (as I am so busy right now that I can't even get everything done that I need to do). Best of luck with your goals,

Happy Holidays!
~Jess

J.L. Campbell said...

You've been reading quite a bit Cherie. I think I'd get more reviews written if I'd just write a paragraph instead of sticking with a formula. Enjoy the holidays!

Cathy Keaton said...

Life can get in the way of goals, sometimes, but no one's holding it against you! You have lots of time to see them realized in 2015. Lots of luck in the New Year. ;)

Rachel Morgan said...

Thank you so much for the review of THE TROUBLE WITH FAKING!

I also haven't managed to get to all my December goals, which means I'll be shifting goals around next year! December is always a little crazy ... I'm looking forward to reading Liam's novella :)

Nicola said...

Good luck with your new year targets, Cherie. You have achieved so much this year so don't beat yourself up about missing a couple of targets. I have no doubt you will reach them soon. Have a wonderful Christmas and I wish you great success in 2015. All the best.

Heather Holden said...

I can't believe the year is almost over, either. 2014 has disappeared far too quickly, at least for me! Didn't accomplish nearly as much as I had hoped...

Anyway, good luck with your goals for January! Both sound very doable, especially since the holidays won't be in the way, haha. Hope the book signing goes well on Saturday, too! :)

Vanessa Morgan said...

You've read a lot of awesome books. Perfect choices.

Murees Dupé said...

I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year! Wishing you all the best for 2015.

Sherry Ellis said...

Loved reading your reviews - especially for Medeia and M. Pax's books. They sound really good.

New Release Books said...

I just one-clicked Vitamins and Death. You made it sound intriguing.

Catherine Stine said...

Vitamins and Death sounds really intense and worth a read. M Pax's book too.

cleemckenzie said...

That's quite a list! Congrats on doing all of that.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Kelly Steel said...

What a list! Congratulations! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Editors At Work said...

Congratulations! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy prosperous New Year!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Yes, write Marked!!! :D

Mark Murata said...

Perhaps save the title Remarked for a sequel?

Milo James Fowler said...

Keep up the good work, Cherie. 2014 has been a busy one for you. Happy New Year!

Nick Wilford said...

Good achievements and goals. Nice variety of reviews. I've read The Rifters and look forward to the rest of the series. All the best for 2015!

Morgan said...

So much happy in this post!!!! I love it when I know all the authors. This was way, way, WAY fun. <3 <3 <3

Jack said...

I'm almost scared to read reviews right now because my to read list is so long, but then again, I love adding to it 8-D

Michelle Wallace said...

Happy New Year to you and your family, Cherie!

Romance Reader said...

What a great year for you Cherie. Happy New Year and wishing you all the best for 2015!

New Release Books said...

Wishing you a very happy New Year!

Kelly Steel said...

Happy New Year to you and your family, Cherie!